Massive security breach for Washington, Hollywood elites
Jonathan Hunt reports from New York
- Duration 3:48
- Date Mar 12, 2013
Jonathan Hunt reports from New York
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But he did not.
The FBI and the Secret Service report -- each and investigating claims.
That a web site has posted the sensitive personal data of some of the most powerful people in Washington and Hollywood.
Social Security numbers credit scores home addresses and phone numbers and if true.
It could potentially be an enormous security breach but it appears at least some of the data may not even be real.
Among those who had there's supposed information posted Vice President Biden the First Lady Michelle Obama.
The FBI director Robert Mueller and the attorney general Eric Holder.
The list also includes Jay-Z and his wife beyoncé Kim -- -- -- Donald Trump and others.
The site also listed details on the victims mortgages records of lost or stolen credit cards and bills so if they can do it to these people can they do it to all of us.
And who's behind this so far we really don't know but the site's domain name suggests it may be based in Russia.
The -- -- she -- course -- Jonathan -- is live with more what do we know about what's real here and what's not real.
Well -- not Shep we know that some of those credit histories are indeed real we know that because the credit reporting agency.
Equifax released a statement today which says in pot and I quote.
We are aware of recent media reports pertaining to unauthorized access to files belonging to high profile individuals.
Equifax can confirm that fraudulent and -- authorized access to fall consumer credit reports hasn't cut through the annual credit report doll com.
Channel now we don't know to whom those particular.
Credit reports belong to talk to think that.
Online some of the other information though is certainly not real some of the phone numbers for instance one published full Michelle Obama.
We called it today it led us to someone at the University of Chicago.
The phone number connected to vice president Joseph Biden according to the website is actually for the Delaware seat and gotten to supply.
-- the number and address put out there for Donald Trump a walk anybody would find if they did a simple Google search and -- we also have some breaking news -- ABC news has just -- clips of an interview they did today with President Obama.
They -- him about Michelle Obama is information being on this website he would not confirm whether it was.
Accurate or not but he did say and I'm quoting here we should not be surprised that if you've got hackers who want to -- -- and devote a lot of resources.
That they can access people's private information it days.
A big problem that just in from President Obama talking to ABC news' -- Jonathan some of this there -- indications at least some of -- -- come out of Russia but.
Really China seems to be to be worry for US officials in terms of -- Yeah -- we are getting more and more reports over the last few weeks sudden mom's all of alleged Chinese involvement in the hacking not just.
All of US government web sites but also major US businesses.
And the national security advisor had a very clear message -- what the Chinese Government.
Needs to do about this in a speech here and he'll listen.
We need to recognition of the urgency scope of the problem and the risk it poses to international trade the reputation of Chinese industry and our -- relations.
Beijing should take serious steps to investigate and put a stop these activities.
Finally we need -- to engage with us in a constructive direct dialogue to establish acceptable norms of behavior in cyberspace.
So China -- clear notice that the US will not put up with this of course the Chinese Government says it is not involved in any sort of -- -- Jonathan Hunt in our newsroom in New York Jonathan thanks.